Rhode Island’s first flu outbreak in 2021 confirmed

A cluster of 28 students tested positive for influenza A since Oct. 24 at Rhode Island University (South Kingstown), the state’s first known flu outbreak this year, according to the state health department.

The state laboratory noted that infection control procedures have been reviewed with the university, but there are no known common trends linking these students to the same dormitories or classrooms.

Considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials stress that getting a flu vaccine is even more important this year.

Considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials stress that getting a flu vaccine is even more important this year.
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Selection of student samples tested as the influenza A: H3 subtype with samples forwarded to the CDC for further analysis.

Only 0.1% of samples were positive for influenza in U.S. clinical labs this week, 38.5% of them were influenza A while 61.5% were influenza B, according to cumulative data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since March 3. of October 2021.

FILE - This Thursday, January 23, 2020, a file photo, a patient is receiving a flu vaccine in Mesquite, Texas.  Amid the whole focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, U.S. health professionals have another plea: Don’t skip your flu vaccine.  With U.S. schools and businesses reopening, international travel resuming and much less masking this fall, flu is likely to return.

FILE – This Thursday, January 23, 2020, a file photo, a patient is receiving a flu vaccine in Mesquite, Texas. Amid the whole focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, U.S. health professionals have another plea: Don’t skip your flu vaccine. With U.S. schools and businesses reopening, international travel resuming and much less masking this fall, flu is likely to return.

In this photo provided by the National Infectious Diseases Foundation, CDC director Rochelle Walensky receives her flu shot on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in Atlanta.  The U.S. is preparing in case of a bad flu season in addition to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with a plea Thursday for Americans to get vaccinated against both.  (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases by AP)

In this photo provided by the National Infectious Diseases Foundation, CDC director Rochelle Walensky receives her flu shot on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in Atlanta. The U.S. is preparing in case of a bad flu season in addition to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with a plea Thursday for Americans to get vaccinated against both. (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases by AP)

FLU SEASON 2021: WHAT TO WRITE

The U.S. Ambulatory Disease Surveillance Network (ILINet), which monitors outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), noted as of Oct. 23, 1.8% of all outpatient visits to a healthcare provider were due to influenza-like illness. , which is below the national baseline of 2.5%, “therefore, any increase in ILI activity is likely due to increased circulation of other respiratory viruses.”

CLICK HERE TO FIND A KOVID-19 VACCINE OF YOURSELF

The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine (for those eligible six months and older) as the best way to protect against flu and its complications.

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